Legal

Starting a business can be challenging, and the legal hurdles you need to cross make your life no easier. We’ll try and cover some of the legal bases involved in launching a small business, especially from an online/technology angle, so you can keep your focus on growing your company.

From filing your first trademark to taking down copyright offenders, our legal experts and our experienced community have your back.

How Does A DBA Work, And Do I Really Need One?

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An essential step to starting a business most entrepreneurs don’t immediately think about is legally establishing a business name. In addition to separating out your business income and expenses with a separate bank account, one of the first things you’ll want to do as a sole proprietor, assuming you aren’t ready or don’t have the funds to incorporate, is to form a DBA (Doing Business As). That way you can market yourself and receive checks in the name of your business, instead of your personal name.

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Web Design And Development Contract Templates

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Whether you’re a web designer/ developer yourself, or you run a business and have a web developer on staff, it’s important for you to have a contract that protects you and your company from fraud and liability. Liability protection, even for corporations, has many loopholes. For this reason discuss and provide web development contract resources for those interested.

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Small Business Legal Requirements: Structure, Documents & Expert Advice

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Our legal guide helps you and your company stay on the right side of the law, so you can focus on running your business. We cover everything from setting up your business via a DBA or LLC to popular online services, such as Legal Zoom and Rocket Lawyer, which give you access to legal resources for a fraction of the cost of hiring an attorney. Our legal experts have written how-to guides and reviews of services, so whether you’re looking for business insurance, trademarks, patents, or legally binding e-signatures we’ve got you covered so you can safeguard your company’s assets and resources.

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Best Online Legal Services: Rocket Lawyer vs LegalZoom vs BizFilings vs MyCorporation & More

Best Online Legal Services

As an entrepreneur, one of the first financial hurdles you hit is the cost of hiring a lawyer to set up your legal entity. This shouldn’t prevent you from being an entrepreneur! Can you avoid paying hundreds of dollars per hour and having to deal with lawyers’ busy schedules by simply using one of these online legal services? Our legal expert dives in to find out how legit these services are and closely examines the types of services they offer…

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How Can I Create An LLC, And What Are The Pros And Cons?

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Starting a limited liability company (LLC) is an exciting but nerve-wracking adventure. One of the most important items you’ll need to address is finalizing the legality of your new venture. Navigating the necessary documents and other confusing requirements can be a chore, but which is why it’s nice to be in the 21st century where the whole process can be done online…

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Rocket Lawyer Review: Is An Online Legal Service Worth It?

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Can’t afford to hire an attorney for your personal or small business legal needs? When it comes to simple legal forms and filings, it can get unaffordably expensive to hire an attorney. Rocket Lawyer is one of the most popular online go-to legal providers. But do they offer what you need at a price that fits your budget? And how reliable are their services?…

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How To Register Your Trademark Online

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If you’re considering launching a business, you need to think about trademarking your new company’s name. Obtaining a trademark is of particular importance when legally marketing your business’s services or products. The last thing you want is a lawsuit from a competitor or another company challenging your name. So, what’s involved with trademark registration? Do you need an attorney? And what does it cost? Our legal expert Sally helps answer all these questions and more and introduces you to some popular online trademark registration services, which can take the hassle off your hands and save you money at the same time…

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DocuSign Review: The Best Way To Sign On The Digital Line?

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Tired of shuffling paperwork and waiting for snail mail to get the signatures you need on important business documents? DocuSign is an industry-leading digital signature service that gives you the tools to send, sign and share documents online, anytime, and from any device. It’s fast, secure, and legally binding. But how does it work and is it the best electronic signature service on the market? Our review dives in to find out…

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LegalZoom Review: Your Best Bet for Online Legal Service?

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Starting a new business and trying to save time and money? Complying with legal requirements is certainly one of the most important aspects of owning your own business, but you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for expensive attorneys. More and more small businesses are turning to online legal services, like LegalZoom. Is LegalZoom legit? Can you really get your legal needs met online — and will they hold up in court?…

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